Bruce Arians: Tempo Hurting Bucs

November 26th, 2020

The self-scouting is in full gear at One Buc Palace and it’s led to a giant red flag flying over the Team Glazer cone of silence.

On Monday, the nation watched Jared Goff and the Rams carve up the Bucs on a 13-play, 80-yard drive on their first possession.

Rams coach and offensive guru Sean McVay diced up the Bucs right out of what looked like the ancient Bill Walsh/49ers playbook. The tempo was up and the precision was admirable.

The Rams kept the tempo going and the Bucs eventually adjusted, just a little too late — at least too late to cover for Tom Brady’s final drive.

Bucco Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Bucs have developed a pattern he expects teams to try and exploit it.

“For us, we gotta handle tempo early,” Arians said. “We handle tempo later in the ball game, but we gotta handle it early. And we’re going to get some because it’s been successful against us. We just gotta handle it and this [Chiefs] team has as many weapons as I’ve ever seen.”

Joe keeps hearing that Todd Bowles is a true defensive guru. So Joe is sure he’ll figure it out, if not this week then during the bye week.

28 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Tempo Hurting Bucs”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    They need to beat the Chiefs I think, or they will be out of the conversation as even a good team. But 7-5 is coming up. If they wait until after the bye to figure out tempo issues…that frankly, we knew the Rams do this coming in, and we’ve seen two bludgeonings by the Saints who like to hurry up, shift, and confuse…it is too late. And they darn near lost to the Giants. This team should be a lot better this late in the season, O line issues or not. The Bucs defense has carried the team along, but they should be on their game from the first play. Not with this roster.

    Todd Bowles: Next HC for the Bucs, and it can’t come soon enough.

  2. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Bucs haven’t been able to stop a short pass since Schiano

  3. Jmarkbuc Says:

    We’ve developed a pattern alright….

    No coverage, no tackling, RB’s who can’t catch, play calling that is suspect, and an inability to complete a long pass ( and some short ones).

    And the punter blows.

    Finally got the PK game straightened out.

  4. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Roy

    I wouldn’t mind Todd Bowles as next head coach but unfortunately he would probably keep Leftwich as his OC.

  5. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The sheep calling for toilet Bowles for head coach need to see what he did with the Jets!!!!!!!!!!! It is even less impressive than ole stale biscuit one playoff win resume!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully the sheep just started drinking early on this holiday!!!!!!! Otherwise, it is a shame that so-called fans would want to handicap our beloved team!!!!!!!!!!!! (Again)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. adam from ny Says:

    roy is on point…

    this is the time of year teams come together as a unit with the playoffs around the corner…

    and probably more so than any other team in the laegue, that’s what buc fans were waiting for with this loosely knit group of newly compiled talents…

    yet it’s not happening…

    as we watch other teams band up and grow…

    it just doesn’t seem to be happening for the bucs…

    this upcoming game is the absolute last chance for the team to gel and show they’v grown as a group and are on the same page…

    after the bye week we have 4 crappy games…and whether we go 3-1 or 4-0 (which we should), you can’t get excited in defeating those teams…

    because when push came to shove, we lost most of the big games and showed out poorly vs. the quality opps…

    unless we thump those chiefs on sunday funday

  7. adam from ny Says:

    a solid win sunday changes the who fuggin’ trajectory


  8. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “a solid win sunday changes the who fuggin’ trajectory”

    Yah, was hoping (but not expecting) we’d say that this past Tuesday morning. Agreed though. Beat the Chiefs (somehow) and all bets are off again.

  9. Mike C Says:

    Realiisto, your credit score is about 520 around here, get lost.

  10. Jmarkbuc Says:


    3-1, or 4-0 versus crappy teams we should beat?

    You’re not from around here are ya?

  11. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Mike Florio says it well:

    “The Bucs don’t have a prime-time problem; they have a big-game problem.”

    He doesn’t expect the Bucs to win Sunday either.

  12. Alaskabuc Says:

    I think the bigger issue is you need to make defensive adjustments well before halftime Bruce.

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:


    We could just drop the zone scheme altogether. Apparently we’re so afraid of getting beat… that we play zone… and get beat.

  14. DBS Says:

    All anyone has to do is look at this roast it toast it secondary and know Mahomes is going to shred it. He will do it with or without up-tempo.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    El Buco Realisto … “The sheep calling for toilet Bowles for head coach need to see what he did with the Jets!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Realist, JBFers all know what TB did as HC with the Jets; that’s not news. The reality for all HCs is that if you don’t have the horses, you’re not gonna win the Derby. And even if you DO have the horses, you could STILL LOSE if the ‘jockey’ doesn’t know how to ride that beast at least as well as the other jockeys.

    Obviously a metaphor Realist, but just to be safe, do I need to explain who the ‘jockey’ is?

    I honestly thought that when BA was hired, that he’d be 2-3 years and done, and that Todd Bowles would assume the reins (there’s that danged metaphor again). Personally I much prefer Bowles over Leftwich (I had a nightmare just writing that), BUT … I’m NOT a proponent of dual-hatting HCs as either the DC or the OC. There are a couple of HCs who can pull that off, but they’re rare.

    Still, I’m a huge fan of what Tony Dungy … a defensive-minded coach … accomplished here, and I think Todd Bowles could duplicate that over a couple year span. BUT … it took Monte Kiffin & a great defensive coaching staff to really make that work. I think that Todd is very similar in many ways, but he’d have to have a strong OC AND DC to be a successful HC with the Bucs. BUT yet again … we’ve all seen what the Glazers & their GMs select for HCs when left to their own devices. Scary huh.

  16. Pewter Power Says:

    Everyone looks like a guru with good players. He’s no guru the defense has played on complete game all season against a good team. Show up against top teams then come talk to me

  17. bojim Says:

    Secondary does not inspire confidence in me without a pass rush.

  18. TOM Says:

    When BA retires & leaves I wouldn’t want any of the coaches retained in ant capacity. Especially BL. In my opinion if things don’t change drastically in the next two months, we may see BA & TB retire.

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Time to face it this team really isn’t that good. The offense is full of “Dream Team” players, but that rarely works out.

    The Defense is what it is… aging DL (btw Suh IS loafing, or unable more and more)one LB who can’t cover, and one who is not all that great at it. One OLB who had one good year, and one who has the heart of a lion, but ain’t no spring chicken. A secondary that is by and large abysmal, either because of talent or scheme or both. The DC gets out coached regularly.

    Defense in today’s NFL is largely an afterthought, and that’s a shame. Especially to a dyed in the wool Buc fan.

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    What is going to happen if the Bucs beat KC Sunday? They can cos of the defense. Now, someone will have to choke Methuselah Brady so the old fart quits throwing long passes right to the other team. That was absolutely ridiculous the way this relic lost that game. He better not do it Sunday. I don’t care if half of the OLine is on IR. That also goes for the other relic: Methuselah Arians.

  21. Grizam Says:

    Honestly I think we need to adjust our defense and not always play zone.
    TB12 needs to play his style of football not BA’s. If we are lucky we finish 11-5
    and #5 seed playing any losing team in NFC East, then Packers 2nd round, Saints in NFC Championship- exact our revenge and play in SB, but not likely..

  22. Linda Kuck Says:

    Bruce Arians needs to step up to the plate or hit the road

  23. BillyBucFan Says:

    I remember James White having 8-10 catches a game with Brady.
    We will be lucky if either of our RBs have that all year.

    Just terrible to not have played McCoy.
    What a joke of a team.

    Fournette could have run for 15 yards and he tried to catch it like a 4 year old.

  24. Ruskers Says:

    Bruce Arians is the problem

  25. Gerry Ortiz Says:

    Bruce Arians was run out of town in Pittsburgh bc of his offensive style that caused Ben Roethlisberger to be sacked 215 times in 5 years bc of Bruce Arians unwillingness to run the football. He is complete trash and will ruin a good thing Tampa Bay has going w a wealth of talent. I have season tix next year which I will return if he is still coaching. I expect Tom Brady to end up on injured reserve list anytime now if they keep Brady in the pocket like this focusing on the damn low percentage downfield passing game. They have a QB that will slice you up like a MF ninja death by 1000 paper cuts but they refuse to utilize Brady in this manner in his strengths. This is insane that he is still coaching right now.

  26. Gerry Ortiz Says:

    The problem is that this is suppose to be TOMpa Bay but right now it’s tBRUCEmpa Bay

  27. Ed Says:

    Arians is under pressure now, his team wasn’t ready for the Saints defensive and the offensive game plan stunk vs the Rams as the Bucs punted more times than I’ve seen all year.

    They know KC is a scoring machine, they cannot afford to punt or kick field goals.

    We will find out if Arians can get his team to play at a high level and look ahead to being competitive in the playoffs or if another coaching staff makes the Bucs look like they were unprepared again.

  28. BB44 Says:

    The play calling is a factor. The defense has to tackle and cover the recievers.